Well here we are at day 139 of the Trump presidency and to paraphrase Betty Davis, “fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” And I might add a ” bumpy day and afternoon as well.” Unless you are completely apolitical, apathetic and an alien from another planet far, far away it is impossible to go through 24 hours without someone or some entity offering their opinion, their support or their anger regarding the 45th President of the United States.
So at Day 139 let me add my humble two cents worth about the Trump Presidency:
- Trump remains as he always was a businessman, not a politician, government official or for that matter a leader of the country and the free world. It is becoming increasing clear that Trump is in this for the national and international connections that will advance his family business and payback his financial backers, i.e. Russia. Sure he can be described as ” unconventional’ but only “unconventional” in that he is not in office to ” preserve and protect” the Constitution or to unify the country. His presidency is a business deal, plain and simple.
- For those naive liberals who pray nightly for impeachment or the implementation of the 25th Amendment, dream on. The Republicans in the House and Senate are determined to put up with the 6th grade tweets, the staff chaos, the ill-advised sleights to key allies and the almost daily examples that their guy is not ready for prime time because they believe he can weather the storm and sign legislation on health care, taxes, banking and regulation. It may be a deal with the devil but there is no evidence that the GOP is ready to abandon the President.
- Get ready for the long haul. Should a smoking gun about obstruction of justice or ties to Russia prove legitimate, the process of dealing with the alleged charges will take months if not years to reach some sort of conclusion. The Democrats may win back some seats in the House and Senate but probably not enough to change the political landscape. Right now there is no evidence that Republican leaders will march into the Oval Office and demand that Trump return to Florida or New York and resume his real estate business, and of course Trump is stubborn and arrogant enough to show them the door.
- The Resistance Movement is kind of petering out. Yes there are demonstrations and late night hosts are pumping up their ratings and giving new meaning to sarcasm and satire. But we are a long way away from a peoples’ rebellion as most of what Trump does has little impact on the everyday lives of most Americans. Being an embarrassment, a clown, and a fool is to many Americans what politicians have become in this country – Trump is no different, just worse.
- The real danger of Trump is to our democracy, the chipping away of freedom of the press, civil rights, voting integrity, protections for dissent, toleration of differences and the quiet acceptance of bigotry and hate. The refusal of Americans to see this threat to democracy is the most disheartening characteristic of the national political culture in the last 139 days. Core American values have taken a back seat to attacks on political correctness and vacant claims of making America great again. Lady Liberty’s torch has lost its flame.
The next 139 days of the Trump presidency will likely be critical to his future, and that of the Republican Party, American democracy and the soul of our great republic. It is important for every American to pay attention and realize that what happens in the next 139 days does impact their lives. I only hope that God does bless America.